Aspen Film, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, & Galerie Maximillian present
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Galerie Maximillian Complimentary Reception 5:30 pm | Isis Screening 7:30 pm
602 E Cooper, Aspen, CO 81611
406 E Hopkins, Aspen, CO 81611
Hockney is the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of his life.
The film chronicles Hockney’s vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, ‘figurative artist’) was fully realized. David Hockney offers theories about art the universe and everything: “I’m interested in ways of looking and trying to think of it in simple ways. If you can communicate that of course people will respond, after all everybody does look.” But as Hockney reveals, it’s the hidden self-interrogation that gives his famously optimistic pictures their unexpected edge and attack.
The documentary traces the artist’s journey to live the American or Californian dream, yet paradoxically reveals that he never broke ties with the childhood that formed him. Did Yorkshire awkwardness in his blood give him the willpower to survive relationship problems, and later the AIDS plague that killed the majority of his friends? Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide, and, at 78, is as charismatic as ever, working in the studio seven days a week.. (USA, 2016)
Director: Randall Wright
Producers: Kate Ogborn, Randall Wright
Editor: Paul Binns
Director of Photography: Patrick Duval
With: David Hockney, David Oxtoby, Colin Self, John Kasmin, Ed Ruscha, Celia Birtwell, Mark Berger, Arthur Lambert, Margaret Hockney, Jack Larson, Don Barchardy, Raymond Foye, Tchaik Chassay, Melissa North, Wayne Sleep, George Lawson, Philip Steadman, Joe Clark, Kenneth Tyler, Charlie Schieps, Betty Freeman, and Paul Dubois
Run Time: 1 hr 53 min.
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